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William Martin House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1902

Posted by George Pudlo on December 17, 2010 at 2:10 AM


William Martin House, 1902

636 N East Avenue, Oak Park IL


The William Martin House is an early Prairie Style Frank Lloyd Wright home completed in 1903. Here, there is a struggle between the vertical and horizontal elements of the home where the two story, outer columns thrust the building upward. However, this is balanced by the long, overhanging roof eaves that step down from the top to bottom of the William Martin House. The house maintains many of the other Prairie Style qualities developed by Frank Lloyd Wright: it rests on a concrete stylobate; it is covered in stucco; it has horizontal wood banding; it has banded art glass windows. It is a clear demonstration of Wright's mastery of the fusion of vertical and horizontal planes.


The relationship between William Martin and Frank Lloyd Wright was a very fruitful one for Wright. The making of the William Martin House would lead to the commission for the EZ Polish Factory in Chicago, as well as the building of his brother's house, the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, New York, and the Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, New York.

Categories: Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park (IL), Prairie Houses, Experimental & Transitional

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Reply ArthurMichael
9:50 PM on July 18, 2011 
Wonderful. Does anyone know the name and manufacturer of the paint and trim colors for the Martin House?

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